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to do that because of the mess the majority created of the conferenced bill and i use that term loosely as most of the funding levels and programs were determined not in a conference but by the house leadership and by my chairman. but when it came to counting votes, the leadership and the chairman had to do some dancing and started loading up the war supplemental with extraneous and unrelated items on -- all of which needed to get more votes. cash for clunkers was one of those items. my colleagues in the senate, senator feinstein in particular and senator collins, had some serious concerns with the house bill. senator feinstein tried to negotiate some changes to improve the program, but was rebuffed, as i understand it, by my chairman. basically they were told it was his way or the highway. here we are today, not one hearing on the cash for clunkers program in the appropriations committee, not one hearing on the needs of the program prior to receiving funds, no one hearing on how the first $1 billion has been spent, not one hearing on how much money the program will need to get through
policy. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> let me introduce our two reporters. jennifer. for the water post and "washington post".com. let's start. >> you've been quoted as saying august is going to be a make or break month for health care. the president has said the same thing. so far we've seen a lot of anger, hostility and questions on what is in the bill. if it continues at this pace through the entire month, what impact will that have when congress returns? >> i think if it continues down this path, august will be a lost opportunity to develop in consensus that needs to be developed on the part of the american people. and i think the important crucial thing for the president and for leaders on capitol hill on both sides is to break down the components of health care reform and talk about where there is consensus. because, frankly, people aren't getting a sense that there's consensus and there is on important elements which i know we'll talk about. unfortunately, all of the stories are process stories about who is disagreeing with whom as opposed to where do people a
or some other funding? >> the conclusion is that the tarp money cannot be used for this. it is clear in the legislation that this would not be allowed. that is the reason that we went back to congress. there was a scramble on thursday night when we announced 20 windy and to the white house and others that we would run out of money if it continued at the stream of sales. the best results at that happened was to use money from the recovery plan that was provided for some other programs, including energy programs. when i spoke to the speaker, she made it's clear to me that that money will be put back into those energy programs. the tart money, it was determined, could not be used, steve. >> is there a way that there is some environmentally finding -- friendly senators who are pushing for stricter environmental standards on the program before it is extended again? what is the administration position on that? >> we think that the standards that were set in the original authorization that takes the program for november are good standards. the truth is that of all the sales -- a trade ins h
that kind of reform. host: things for joining us. guest: it is a pleasure. host: tomorrow morning we will look at three days, looking through the eyes of one hospital in virginia. we will also talk the politics of the town hall meetings and what the house will face when they return. we will have the perspective of congressman from fairfax county, virginia. then, the next two guests concern healthcare and are pressures at that hospital. finally, on this anniversary of hurricane katrina, the next guest is the executive director of the louisiana recovery authority. that is all tomorrow morning. "washington journal" occurs every day in the morning. enjoy the rest of your weekend. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] . . >> you're watching "newsmakers." and our guest this week is dr. thomas frieden, the director of the centers for disease control. thank you for your time today. >> thank you. it's good to be here. >> joining us in the studio is lauren nearguard of the associated press and maggie fox of thompson's r
and delivery system actually works. if the cooperative, on the other hand, is the vehicle by which we can use federal policy to begin to force regions to begin to imagine how the care delivery system might be reorganized, for payment reform, for pushing the integration of care systems, through the engagement of patients and governments and also in their own care process, those of the kind of principles that are really going to make a difference. and as the cooperative discussion unfolds, i hope that's where you see more discussion about the health care system is no. >> if you're watching "news makers close cut with scott armstrong. joining him are naooam levy and david lightman. >> we may need a separately -- a separate half hour show for this. regulations. new they regulate? what do they regulate? >> again i am very proud of how well i am able to run group health cooperative. terms of setting federal policy are around how you regulate things? it is beyond my ability to comment to specifically. -- to comment too specifically. there needs to be irrational said a federal standards, but my view
. armstrong. thanks for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> also joining us in the questioning, nole of the los angeles times and david with mclatchy newspaper. he is their national reporter. >> mr. armstrong, if i'm sitting in wherever, charlotte, north carolina, sacramento, et cetera, and i'm being told that your model is the one that congress may adopt, what does that mean in english? what does that mean to me, the consumer who is so baffled by all this health care news? >> i can describe how it works. basic like cooperative, it's not for profit. our board of trustees is elected by the patients themselves from among the patients. we contract with or we employee an integrated medical group which is really a critical part of what you would experience anywhere if you saw a cooperative like group health because it's a way in which we have a real impact and our view is that ultimately that's the way you change health care. and then finally you would experience an organization that brings together through its business model the financing, the up-front insurance functions, full, along with this int
. thomas [unintelligible] dr. friedman, thank you for your time today. >> good to be here. >> joining us is lauren with the associated press and maggie fox of reuters. thanks for coming in. maggie fox, you get the first question. >> dr. friedman, i will start off here. this week, the president's council of science advisers issued a report on swine flu, h1n1 flu. it gave a clue as to what the impact of the united states would be. can you tell us how the cdc to seize the various aspects of that report and whether you think some of the numbers might have been overblown or exaggerated? i think one of the numbers was that 90,000 people could be expected to die this flu season. . . >> how can we plan to surge up when those plans are underway? what can we do to vaccinate people as quickly as possible when vaccine becomes available? how could we make sure people have underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and you might get very sick from the flu get rapidly treated if they did sick and fluid circulating, at the same time making sure that when the flu comes this year, we do not overw
. . host: thank you for being with us. our two interviewers are here. let's start with david drucker. martinez. he announced he will resign early. we knew he would not run for reelection. can you give me a reaction to the announcement but also tell me if you feel this will complicate republican efforts to hold the seat in 2010, given that the governor of the state who has to make an appointment is checking into the laws and regulations how this works in florida. your reaction and how does this affect the election for you guys? guest: i had dinner with him last night and he told me about. the senate is full of people who have interesting stories. nobody has a better story than mel martinez. he came to cuba -- from cuba to the united states. his parents put on a point in havana. they did not know if they would see him again. he lived in a foster home. he finally got his parents their and broke many barriers as a lawyer, as a mayor, as a cabinet member, as a senator. he has been a wonderful contributor to public life. we will miss him. he told me his one regret is he is leaving
us directly about what we're doing and what we are not doing. we feel strongly about the issues but we also feel that there is a responsibility for supporting one way -- comporting oneself in a respectful, providing information, and shedding light on the fact that our industry strongly supports the elements that the president is talking about today, this weekend, and this week about insurance market reform. we have offered proposals and believe in those proposals and stand behind them. >> ezra klein. >> let's talk about those reforms. the white house is messaging on them and calling it health insurance reform. they have begun to emphasize strongly policies that would curb the excesses. previous discrimination, many toward rating. you have agreed to most of these regulations. all them. aside the one notable public option. but why did this happen -- why did this have to happen in a political contest? >> this is a very important question your asking. as you know, a number of states have actually moved forward with market reforms over a period of about 10 to 12 years. we have actual
of us have, without adding to the debt. we need to go down that track the proposals instead of the democratic proposals which flunked the cost test, caused millions to lose their health insurance, creates a new government program and expands one failing government program, taxes employers, and the worst thing to me is this business about dumping more people into medicaid and sending the bill to the states, which is going to be impossible. >> just as a quick follow-up, but me ask you about the democratic message shifting from health care reform to help insurance reform, how do republicans push back against the message this says we want to eliminate pre-existing conditions as a barrier to health insurance by private insurance companies? we want to eliminate lifetime caps of that when you get sick you cannot be dropped. they will have a very personal appeal to americans out there that otherwise they would be concerned about a government takeover. how you push back on the health insurance reform message as opposed to the larger message about the plan? >> we do not push back. we
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